Depression and dementia (bitesize)

Depression and dementia (bitesize)

 

What I liked about this Dementia Help Sheet (link below): 

  • It is so easy to reduce a loved one to an illness.  I like this help sheet as it reminds me that having dementia can cause other changes in behaviour, such as depression.  Whilst there is little you (I) can do about dementia, you (I) can help with depression. 

 

Key points I extracted from this Help Sheet: 

  • Depression can be totally normal (bereavement) 
  • It can be part of something bigger.  It can be the symptom of something else:  involve the doctor.  Is your loved one actually ill?  Is the medication too strong? 
  • Depression has nothing to do with getting old. 
  • Daily routine reassures and keeps depression at bay. 
  • Noise contributes to stress and potentially depression. 
  • Depressed or tired?  I often look very depressed.  I am not depressed; I am miserable because of the lack of sleep! 

 

What I do: 

  • My mother is ill, but that does not mean she cannot be in a good mood or bad mood.  When she understands what she is going through, she is on the ball and is pretty much in a bad mood.  Normal.  When she is in a good mood, she has forgotten her frustrations.  So, I go with the flow and am thankful she is having a break. 

 

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Author of this blog (Transparency):   

  • I work for CPR Global Tech and, for personal reasons, like many people, I have had to learn a lot about dementia the hard way.  As there is a natural forum on our website, it makes sense for me to share info here. 

Source: https://www.dementia.org.au/files/helpsheets/Helpsheet-ChangedBehaviours03-DepressionAndDementia_english.pdf 

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